Saturday, October 03, 2009

Separated at Birth: Clobber a pose, there's nothing to it

FF #51/Marvel Feature #11
L: Cover of Fantastic Four #51 (June 1966), art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott
R: Panel from Marvel Feature #11 (September 1973), art by Jim Starlin and Joe Sinnott
(Click picture to Grimm-size)

See also.

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 276 (with bonus Saturday Afternoon Cartoon!)

Fantastic Four TV Show ad.
Marvel Comics ad for the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon series, featuring the first appearance of H.E.R.B.I.E.

Noticeably absent from this version: the Human Torch. A false urban legend had it that Johnny Storm was removed from the series for fear kids would try to imitate his powers—actually, since the Human Torch character had been signed to another studio for development, he couldn't be used in the series. Here's how they explained it within the FF universe:

FF #209
Panel from Fantastic Four #209 (August 1979), script by Marv Wolfman, breakdowns by John Byrne, pencils and inks by Joe Sinnott, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by Tom Orzechowski

Yes, of course that was an urban legend. Because no kid is that stupid as to set himself on fire to be just like the Human Torch. Isn't that right, John Byrne?

FF #209
Panel from Fantastic Four #285 (December 1985), script and pencils by John Byrne, inks by Al Gordon, colors by Glynis Oliver

Um, let's move along. Nothing more to see here, folks...

...except this Saturday Afternoon Cartoon which shows you the glory and the grandeur that is FF '78!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Because you demanded it!

From The Onion News Network

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 275

ASM #590
Panel from Amazing Spider-Man #590 (June 2009), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Barry Kitson, inks by Mark Farmer, colors by Dean V. White, letters by Joe Caramagna
(Click picture to god-size)

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Our cat/Is a very very very fine cat/With two c...uh oh.

This is me and my kittycat Gus. Say hi to the nice blog-reading people, Gus!

Me and my kittycat Gus on her 19th birthday

Today is Gus's birthday, so please join me in wishing her a Happy Birthday! Today she is nineteen years old. Which is a very good age to be. That's also quite elderly for a cat! In human years she is...let's see...carry the thousand and thirty-three years old. Which is almost as old as Vandal Savage. I very much like taking care of Gus and opening her canned food and brushing her and feeding her snacks. I am not as keen on cleaning her litter box, but hey! You have to take care of your kittycat. I scoop the poop and put it in bags. When I run out of bags I sometimes grab a Mylar comics bag to scoop her poop into. But I I supposed to put a backing board in there, too?

To celebrate her birthday, here's one of Gus's favorite cool cats, Mister Carl Perkins, giving us the musical sartorial suggestion to "Put Your Cat Clothes On." I'll go get into my cat outfit immediately! Take it away, C.P.!:

So, in short: Happy Birthday, Gus!

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 274

Ben Grimm rides the Tube.
The Thing and some of his Marvel super hero pals ride the London Underground to promote a game or something. Or maybe, protesting the cost of buying a new Oyster Card. The real story is here. (Hey, when did Heat Miser team up with the Marvel Super Heroes?)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Get your Mjolnir runnin', head out on the highway

A busy Bully day tomorrow, folks, so here's a short but sweet one...behold the greatness of...

Thor on a motorcycle!

Thor #142
Thor #142
Thor #142
Thor #142
From Thor #142 (July 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 273

FF A #5
Panel from Fantastic Four Annual #5 (November 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Frank Giacoia, letters by Sam Rosen

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Things Hercules Likes

Hercules likes cities!

Journey Into Mystery #125

Hercules likes city people!

Journey Into Mystery #125

Hercules loves women.

Journey Into Mystery #125

Hercules hates interruptions.

Journey Into Mystery #125

Hercules likes adoring crowds!

Thor #126

Hercules likes fame!

Thor #126

Hercules likes 60 minutes of commercial-free rock with no interruptions!

Tales to Astonish #79

Hercules likes the all-you-can-eat buffet at Sizzler!

Journey Into Mystery #125

Hercules likes "Guitar Hero!"

Journey Into Mystery #125

Did I mention that Herc hates interruptions?

Journey Into Mystery #125

Hercules loves Pete Townshend.

Journey Into Mystery #125

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 272

FF vs. X-Men #3
Panel from Fantastic Four versus The X-Men #3 (April 1987), script by Chris Claremont, pencils by Jon Bogdanove, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Glynis Oliver, letters by Tom Orzechowski

Monday, September 28, 2009

Hey Wonder Man!

...what's your favorite comic book company?

What If v.2 #5
Panel from What If? v.2 #5 (November 1989), script and pencils by Jim Valentino, inks by Sam DeLarosa, colors by Tom Vincent, letters by Ken Lopez

Really?!? I did not expect that answer.

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 271: Ben Grimm may be a little foggy on the idea of trans women, but he's working on it

DD #110
from Daredevil #110 (Marvel, June 1974), script by Steve Gerber, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Frank Chiaramonte, colors by Linda Lessmann, letters by Artie Simek

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ten of a Kind: Let's all go to the lobby to get ourselves a comic

Special thanks and a tip o' the nose ring to Mighty Mike Sterling, Awesome Andrew Weiss, and Cuddly Chris Sims for suggestions and help! More Ten of a Kind here.

365 Days with Ben Grimm, Day 270

She-Hulk #9
Panels from She-Hulk v.3 #9 (January 2005), script by Dan Slott, pencils by Paul Pelletier, inks by Rick Magyar, colors by Dave Kemp, letters by Dave Sharpe